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December 18, 2018

Stop the show: Comedian Sykes pauses as hecklers lash out

September 29, 2018
Wanda Sykes was heckled during a Thursday standup show in Red Bank, N.J. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

The smart money says they didn’t vote for Hillary.

At least a dozen attendees of a Wanda Sykes standup comedy show walked out in the middle of the show as the funny lady began bashing President Trump.




Sykes opened the Thursday show at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, N.J., cracking wise about how United Nations members had mocked Trump for his earlier boast regarding his numerous accomplishments. She quipped that ordinarily it’s the president that ages drastically while in office, not his beleaguered citizens.

But instead of guffaws and applause, several audience members voiced their displeasure.

“Do some comedy!” shouted one unidentified fan, according to the Asbury Park Press, while another person hissed, “Too political!”

As the heckling continued, Sykes, who has been openly critical of the Trump administration, halted the show before rhetorically asking the audience, “What do you expect? I’m a black lesbian.”

That’s when an usher booted one of the hecklers from the theater. About a dozen more also left, but it’s unclear if they were asked to exit or were part of the group that included the first heckler.

The Asbury Park Press also reported a confrontation erupted in the lobby as attendees started arguing with theatergoers, some of whom demanded refunds.

Time will tell if the heckling was a one-time incident for Sykes. The 54-year-old entertainer had a scheduled show Friday in Glenside, Pa.




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